Blog https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/category/blog en UPLIFTING STORIES FROM THE CHARTER COMMUNITY VI https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/03/31/uplifting-stories-charter-community-vi <span>UPLIFTING STORIES FROM THE CHARTER COMMUNITY VI</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/brittnee" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">brittnee</span></span> <span>Tue, 03/31/2020 - 14:38</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/node/17261" hreflang="en">Brittnee Exum</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-03-31T12:00:00Z">March 31, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-03/parent%20with%20child%20250.png?itok=ev9SVeZL" width="250" height="250" alt="parent holding hand " typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>This post is part of an ongoing series sharing the positive stories that have come out of the challenges our schools are facing. To see all of the posts in this series, <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/taxonomy/term/449">click here</a>.</em><br />  </p> <p>In a short amount of time, COVID-19 has changed the way we live. The term <em>social distancing </em>is a new norm—and families around the world are forced to adapt to new routines. While the lives of many have changed significantly, one thing that has remained consistent is the drive of school leaders and teachers to continue serving their students the best way they can. Despite the problems many Americans are facing, there are many examples that show how educators are going the extra mile.</p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span>Charter Schools Prep Students for AP Exam Online</span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span>College Board’s Advanced Placement State Exams will be offered online for students to take at home this year. The Uncommon Schools network, consisting of four charter high schools in Brooklyn, New York, is keeping their </span></span></span><a href="https://www.kingscountypolitics.com/uncommon-schools-built-online-high-schools-in-one-day/?utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=85512993&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz--6jH7-mDaMHSmFAp18fiO36xqzDZRXh3G-QKP0nnAaGSUOuYVyRElUYUG7iNeHTSgH02acb-y-EMSuE9ca6N9dQcqqH4-1PerawrbFzG_KL0fpWB8&amp;_hsmi=85512993"><strong><span><span><span>commitment to prepare students</span></span></span></strong></a><strong><span><span><span>. </span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>Just one day after the schools closed, teachers shifted to online learning. Before closing, staff members handed out 1,400 Chromebooks and 50 hotspots to help parents and students with the transition. More than 90 percent of students are showing up for class online each day. In Idaho, charter school leaders are sharing their tips for shifting to virtual learning. Check them out </span></span></span><a href="https://www.the74million.org/article/analysis-5-suggestions-from-idaho-charter-school-leaders-as-their-rural-students-switch-to-online-learning-and-2-thoughts-for-the-future/"><strong><span><span><span>here</span></span></span></strong></a><strong><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></strong> </span></p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span>Parents Appreciate Charter Schools Stepping Up</span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span>HEROES. This is how many parents are describing educators as they demonstrate their academic commitment to students during the pandemic. One parent who is serving on the frontline had this to say: </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><em><span><span><span>"I work at a hospital and many of my coworkers are so stressed, already, with this pandemic, but also stressing about their children and their education. I tell you, I cannot say enough about HSA Belmont charter school and all you guys are doing for these kids. My daughter, Mia, and I have never been more proud to be Eagles. As a nurse, YOU guys are my heroes.”</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Her daughter attends Horizon Science Academy Belmont in Chicago. Watch the school’s touching “We Are One” Message </span></span></span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-aVB77pSzY"><strong><span><span><span>here</span></span></span></strong></a><strong><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> Another pleased parent in New York acknowledged the dedication of teachers, and said she feels like her </span></span></span><a href="https://www.kingscountypolitics.com/uncommon-schools-built-online-high-schools-in-one-day/?utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=85512993&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz--6jH7-mDaMHSmFAp18fiO36xqzDZRXh3G-QKP0nnAaGSUOuYVyRElUYUG7iNeHTSgH02acb-y-EMSuE9ca6N9dQcqqH4-1PerawrbFzG_KL0fpWB8&amp;_hsmi=85512993"><strong><span><span><span>“…son is a part of a community that cares about his education.”</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span> She continued to praise educators for jumping online to continue teaching ensuring students are not missing a beat.  </span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong><em>If you have an uplifting story to share about educators going the extra mile, please send it to me at <a href="mailto:brittnee@publiccharters.org">brittnee@publiccharters.org</a>.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Brittnee Exum is the manager of campaigns and marketing at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. </em></strong></p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/448" hreflang="en">COVID-19</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/449" hreflang="en">Uplifting Stories - COVID-19</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=17320&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="PNPajHhxQeK3SyniaEoNIkS8EWjgWUWSl6dE-noOivs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 31 Mar 2020 18:38:42 +0000 brittnee 17320 at https://www.publiccharters.org Uplifting Stories from the Charter Community V https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/03/30/uplifting-stories-charter-community-v <span>Uplifting Stories from the Charter Community V</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/brittnee" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">brittnee</span></span> <span>Mon, 03/30/2020 - 13:13</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/node/17261" hreflang="en">Brittnee Exum</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-03-30T12:00:00Z">March 30, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-03/knit%20250.png?itok=GUHkRjkx" width="250" height="250" alt="kitting during covid19" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>This post is part of an ongoing series sharing the positive stories that have come out of the challenges our schools are facing. To see all of the posts in this series, <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/taxonomy/term/449">click here</a>.</em></p> <p>In a short amount of time, COVID-19 has changed the way we live. The term <em>social distancing </em>is a new norm—and families around the world are forced to adapt to new routines. While the lives of many have changed significantly, one thing that has remained consistent is the drive of school leaders and teachers to continue serving their students the best way they can. Despite the problems many Americans are facing, there are many examples that show how educators are going the extra mile.</p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span>Charter School Students Knit Blankets for Children in</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> <strong>Need</strong> </span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span>Students at <a href="https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article241497066.html">Natomas Charter School</a> in Sacramento are working to provide comfort to children in need during the pandemic. The eighth graders are knitting children’s blankets to donate to Sacramento Blankets for Sacramento Kids. While this class tradition of knitting blankets has been going on for at least eight years—at a time where fear is rising—these blankets made from love could not come at a better time. </span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span>Drive Up—Grab a Chromebook! </span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><span><span>Teachers and staff at Lotus School for Excellence in Aurora, Colorado transformed the parking lot into a laptop distribution center. They handed out <a href="https://www.9news.com/article/news/education/charter-school-supplies-students-with-laptops-for-remote-learning/73-56e8fc80-d53a-430d-b4d6-0e5995e5172c">258 laptops</a> to students who did not have access to computers at home. When parents and students drove up to pick up the devices, they were greeted with encouraging signs held by staff members.</span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong><em>If you have an uplifting story to share about educators going the extra mile, please send it to me at <a href="mailto:brittnee@publiccharters.org">brittnee@publiccharters.org</a>.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Brittnee Exum is the manager of campaigns and marketing at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. </em></strong></p> <p> </p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/448" hreflang="en">COVID-19</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/449" hreflang="en">Uplifting Stories - COVID-19</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=17315&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="s5Zfo1QVcZvJmls2yfoadDwm32CYR1nyYN5F60HscMU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 30 Mar 2020 17:13:56 +0000 brittnee 17315 at https://www.publiccharters.org Uplifting Stories from the Charter Community IV https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/03/27/uplifting-stories-charter-community-iv <span>Uplifting Stories from the Charter Community IV</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/brittnee" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">brittnee</span></span> <span>Fri, 03/27/2020 - 10:27</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/node/17261" hreflang="en">Brittnee Exum</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-03-27T12:00:00Z">March 27, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-03/mask%20250%20by%20250.png?itok=F0h94V2F" width="250" height="250" alt="mask donation during covid-19" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>This post is part of an ongoing series sharing the positive stories that have come out of the challenges our schools are facing. To see all of the posts in this series, <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/taxonomy/term/449">click here</a>.</em></p> <p>In a short amount of time, COVID-19 has changed the way we live. The term <em>social distancing </em>is a new norm—and families around the world are forced to adapt to new routines. While the lives of many have changed significantly, one thing that has remained consistent is the drive of school leaders and teachers to continue serving their students the best way they can. Despite the problems many Americans are facing, there are many examples that show how educators are going the extra mile.</p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span>KIPP Comes Through on Educational Equity</span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span>School officials at </span></span></span><a href="http://newjersey.news12.com/story/41932917/kipp-newark-distributes-3000-laptops-to-send-home-to-students"><strong><span><span><span>KIPP Newark</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span> say the pandemic will not stop them from fulfilling their </span></span></span><a href="https://www.njtvonline.org/news/video/charter-schools-give-out-laptops-so-students-can-learn-at-home/"><strong><span><span><span>promise</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span> to students to help them become college ready. The school sent 3,000 laptops home to equip students with the tools they need continue learning online. For parents who do not currently have access to the internet, the school is also helping by connecting families with service providers ensuring all students have access to online materials. </span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span>Charter Schools Donate Food and Supplies </span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span>Erie County Medical Center in New York is shouting out a Buffalo charter school’s Girl Scout troop. Troop <span><span>#34366 </span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://www.wgrz.com/article/news/local/albright-knox-girl-scouts-donate-supplies-to-ecmc/71-a7ba18df-373d-42ea-91c7-0275114133a1"><strong><span><span><span><span>donated boxes of cookies</span></span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span><span><span> to the hospital. The troop also included a handwritten note thanking medical professionals for their efforts, as they are on the frontlines battling COVID-19. Check out the colorful note from the troop </span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsECMC/photos/a.209429359083907/3350516628308482/?type=3"><strong><span><span><span><span>here</span></span></span></span></strong></a><strong><span><span><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></strong><span><span><span><span><span> In Massachusetts, leaders at </span></span></span></span></span>Atlantis Charter School<span><span><span><span><span> are also showing gratitude to medical professionals. The school </span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://www.heraldnews.com/news/20200326/atlantis-charter-school-donates-medical-supplies-to-area-hospitals"><strong><span><span><span><span>donated </span></span></span></span></strong><strong><span><span><span>masks, gloves, wipes and gowns to SouthCoast Health</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span>. In Oklahoma City,<strong> </strong>John Rex Charter School (JRCS) helped at-risk community members by </span></span></span><a href="https://okcfox.com/news/local/john-rex-charter-school-donates-supplies-for-senior-citizens"><strong><span><span><span>donating hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes to a nursing home</span></span></span></strong></a><strong><span><span><span>.   </span></span></span></strong></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/448" hreflang="en">COVID-19</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/449" hreflang="en">Uplifting Stories - COVID-19</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Comments</h2> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-316" class="comment js-comment"> <div> <h3> <a href="/comment/316#comment-316" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Inspired </a> </h3> <div class="metabar"> <div class="metabar__item">March 27, 2020 - 07:49pm</div> <div class="metabar__item"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Ashley Patterson</span></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>I’m excited to see that KIPP is really working to close the digital divide. Students deserve an equal opportunity to continue their learning despite this unfortunate situation. I hope to see more charter networks to continue this movement across the nation! Thanks for sharing.</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=316&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="y4wJVYxIe3WLW_Wv3hH3heANKcIg_ZTleJUfgNEqf8g"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </article> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=17300&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="6h_rmlMJmL1ZN1C-M4s0epYdqtWSdkDeHjYNra3V5gY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 27 Mar 2020 14:27:51 +0000 brittnee 17300 at https://www.publiccharters.org Uplifting Stories from the Charter Community III https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/03/26/uplifting-stories-charter-community-iii <span>Uplifting Stories from the Charter Community III</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">kim</span></span> <span>Thu, 03/26/2020 - 09:58</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/node/17261" hreflang="en">Brittnee Exum</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-03-26T12:00:00Z">March 26, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-03/shutterstock_258367139%20%282%29.jpg?itok=MT2YdQSh" width="250" height="250" alt="Charter school food distribution covid-19" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>This post is part of an ongoing series sharing the positive stories that have come out of the challenges our schools are facing. To see all of the posts in this series, <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/taxonomy/term/449">click here</a>.</em></p> <p>In a short amount of time, COVID-19 has changed the way we live. The term <em>social distancing </em>is a new norm—and families around the world are forced to adapt to new routines. While the lives of many have changed significantly, one thing that has remained consistent is the drive of school leaders and teachers to continue serving their students the best way they can. Despite the problems many Americans are facing, there are many examples that show how educators are going the extra mile.</p> <h2><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Detroit Charter Schools to Provide Weekly Grocery Pick-up</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>If you’ve traveled to a grocery store recently, chances are you’ve noticed many masked shoppers picking through bare shelves. Detroit’s charter school leaders plan to make the shopping experience a little easier by establishing a system where families can grab </span></span></span><a href="https://www.crainsdetroit.com/food-drink/detroit-schools-cuts-meals-pickup-sites-city-rec-centers-charter-school-locations-added"><strong><span><span><span>groceries once a week</span></span></span></strong></a><strong><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> They will provide a mixture of prepared meals and groceries for pick-up Monday through Friday in select locations. Detroit’s Mayor, Mike Duggan, praised the charter school community for swiftly stepping up to meet the needs of students and their families. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Teachers Ease Fear and Help Students Understand Changes</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>An elementary music teacher at Lincoln Charter School in Pennsylvania is gaining attention for her YouTube video </span></span></span><a href="https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/education/2020/03/24/kids-and-covid-lincoln-charter-helps-assuage-fears-stimulate-learning/5071706002/"><strong><span><span><span>explaining COVID-19</span></span></span></strong></a><strong> </strong><span><span><span>to her students. If you’re looking for a fun and easy-to-understand video to share with your kids, look no further. Key points she hit home: schools aren’t closed because teachers don’t want to be there, or because someone is sick, but that they are practicing being safe. For more information on how to continue the discussion of coronavirus with children, visit our resource page </span></span></span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/covid-19-resources-charter-schools"><strong><span><span><span>here</span></span></span></strong></a><strong><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></strong> </span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>The Nurse is In</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span>—Online!</h2> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Teachers at Purdue Polytechnic High School switched to teaching online just one day after school closed. On the first day, virtual attendance turned out to be higher than the school’s daily attendance average. The location change was easy for students to adapt to since they were routinely using laptops in class. And it’s not just the teachers who are going virtual—it’s truly all hands-on deck as many staff members have extended student services online. For example, the school nurse is offering yoga classes online to students who may be dealing with anxiety. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>At Paramount Schools of Excellence, school administrators established a call center to assist parents with their academic and non-academic needs for children. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>And, at Indianapolis Classical Schools school leaders are meeting families where they are—on their phones. Parents and students receive a daily text as assignments are submitted. Major props to all of these schools for </span></span></span><a href="https://www.the74million.org/article/wilson-meet-3-indianapolis-charter-school-networks-that-are-all-in-on-virtual-learning/"><strong><span><span><span>adapting to change and meeting the needs of their students and parents</span></span></span></strong></a><strong><span><span><span>! </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><em>If you have an uplifting story to share about educators going the extra mile, please send it to me at <a href="mailto:brittnee@publiccharters.org">brittnee@publiccharters.org</a>.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Brittnee Exum is the manager of campaigns and marketing at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. </em></strong></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/449" hreflang="en">Uplifting Stories - COVID-19</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/448" hreflang="en">COVID-19</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=17293&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="hvq_1BgUGIb7G2Tdwfx8ccgnSydq2HNGCJKFp2_Tv0Q"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 26 Mar 2020 13:58:48 +0000 kim 17293 at https://www.publiccharters.org Uplifting Stories from the Charter Community II https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/03/24/uplifting-stories-charter-community-ii <span>Uplifting Stories from the Charter Community II</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">kim</span></span> <span>Wed, 03/25/2020 - 09:00</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/node/17261" hreflang="en">Brittnee Exum</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-03-24T12:00:00Z">March 24, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-03/computer%20at%20home%20%281%29_0.jpg?itok=Cy9UJ71L" width="250" height="250" alt="COVID-19 Online Learning" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em><span><span><span><span>This post is part of an ongoing series sharing the positive stories that have come out of the challenges our schools are facing. To see all of the posts in this series, <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/taxonomy/term/449">click here</a>.</span></span></span></span></em><br />  </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In a short amount of time, COVID-19 has changed the way we live. The term </span></span></span></span></span></span><em><span>social distancing </span></em><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>is a new norm—and families around the world are forced to adapt to new routines. While the lives of many have changed significantly, one thing that has remained consistent is the drive of school leaders and teachers to continue serving their students the best way they can. Despite the problems many Americans are facing, there are many examples that show how educators are going the extra mile.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Schools provide child care for first responders.</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>First responders, medical workers, and other essential professionals are reporting to work so that many of us can stay safe at home. To help them out, different campuses at IDEA Public Schools in southern Louisiana and Texas are open for </span></span></span><a href="https://ideapublicschools.org/blog/idea-public-schools-proceeds-with-distance-learning-and-resources-for-families/"><strong><span><span><span>child care services</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span>. Essential city-wide workers can drop their children off who attend an IDEA school at one of the campuses while they work. In addition, IDEA public schools in Texas and other select locations provide </span></span></span><a href="https://www.fox7austin.com/news/idea-public-schools-to-provide-free-meals-to-kids-under-19"><strong><span><span><span>free curbside meals</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span> to children under the age of 19. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Students receive emotional support online.</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Counselors at Vista Grove Preparatory Academy in Arizona are providing </span></span></span><a href="https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/2020/03/23/how-arizona-schools-keeping-students-fed-connected-coronavirus-closures/2883839001/"><strong><span><span><span>emotional support</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span> to students beyond school walls. These students who normally receive counseling services at school can now meet with a counselor one-on-one online. The goal is to help provide stability for students and decrease feelings of loneliness. Academica’s charter schools are also helping to keep students connected and provide a sense of normalcy through their Academica Virtual Education platform. More than </span></span></span><a href="https://finance.yahoo.com/news/academica-virtual-education-uses-innovative-231100260.html"><strong><span><span><span>60,000 of their students participated</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span> in live online classrooms, wearing their uniforms and raising their hands to answer questions as they would in the classroom. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Helping students gain internet access.</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Providence Public School District in Rhode Island<strong>,</strong> which includes two public charter schools is working to help students get internet access. They have a </span></span></span><a href="https://www.providenceschools.org/covid19"><strong><span><span><span>map</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span> on their website that </span></span></span><a href="https://www.providencejournal.com/news/20200320/in-ri-public-schools-its-all-homework-starting-monday"><strong><span><span><span>links families</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span> to the WiFi spots in Providence. Residents simply type their ZIP codes to find the connection closest to them. In New Orleans, school district officials recently purchased </span></span></span><a href="https://thelensnola.org/2020/03/20/nola-public-schools-charters-work-to-feed-students-provide-internet-amid-school-closures/"><strong><span><span><span>5,000 hotspots</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span> and are looking into using their meal-distribution sites as possible areas for wireless hotspots. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong><em>If you have an uplifting story to share about educators going the extra mile, please send it to me at <a href="mailto:brittnee@publiccharters.org">brittnee@publiccharters.org</a>. </em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Brittnee Exum is the manager of campaigns and marketing at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. </em></strong></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/448" hreflang="en">COVID-19</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/449" hreflang="en">Uplifting Stories - COVID-19</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Comments</h2> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-315" class="comment js-comment"> <div> <h3> <a href="/comment/315#comment-315" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Great Work</a> </h3> <div class="metabar"> <div class="metabar__item">March 25, 2020 - 10:10am</div> <div class="metabar__item"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Cyd Charisse Lomax</span></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>This article is informative and uplifting during these times. Staying connected and sharing resources keeps the community going!</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=315&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="eboXe5D4fzdh8QRxSnhnh2k8JEIj-Wa4FV5mAaZP4oE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </article> <div class="indented"><article data-comment-user-id="17275" id="comment-318" class="comment js-comment"> <div> <h3> <a href="/comment/318#comment-318" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Excellent Point</a> </h3> <div class="metabar"> <div class="metabar__item">March 31, 2020 - 03:38pm</div> <div class="metabar__item"><span lang="" about="/user/brittnee" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">brittnee</span></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Thank you, Cyd. We agree, staying connected is important.</p></div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=318&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="Ae33QtGHx243z4k30WlFr-yNUWRP9pkt_f9D65v-icU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/315#comment-315" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Great Work</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Cyd Charisse Lomax</span></p> </footer> </article> </div> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=17287&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="YsL9EheC5yAWLSUz-pif3wijMkOZJK5Fk1QmzyGyPPU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 25 Mar 2020 13:00:12 +0000 kim 17287 at https://www.publiccharters.org National Alliance Weekly Brief, March 23, 2020 https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/03/23/national-alliance-weekly-brief-march-23-2020 <span>National Alliance Weekly Brief, March 23, 2020</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">kim</span></span> <span>Mon, 03/23/2020 - 15:14</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/nina-rees" hreflang="en">Nina Rees</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-03-23T12:00:00Z">March 23, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Schools, families, and communities around America continue to adjust to major changes in their daily routines. Courageous and dedicated educators are leading the response at individual schools and the National Alliance is doing everything we can to support them. We’re in constant contact with Congress, the Administration, and federal agencies as they deliver relief legislation and adapt federal policies to the current crisis. Together with state charter support organizations, we’re working to ensure that policy responses treat charter schools fairly and recognize their unique needs.</p> <p>We also have a request of everyone in the charter school community. As more and more schools engage in some form of distance learning, students who lack access to broadband technology are at real risk of falling behind their peers. We are partnering with other education and children’s organizations to ask the FCC to allow the federal E-Rate program, which normally funds internet access in schools and libraries, to also provide funding to connect students to the Internet at home. This is the immediate battle in the fight for educational equity. Please <a href="https://futureready.org/homeinternet/?utm_campaign=Weekly%20Brief&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz--dLJDTWNTd13oLckajmYKwNSnb9fgwrRnUZ3K1ZZFuTV6IdJhZgL9QuFQ0cWiP4YdUxEY_"><strong>sign on</strong></a> to our request!</p> <p>Challenging times bring out the best in Americans, and we’re so proud to see stories of charter schools everywhere reaching out to help their students and communities. We’ve generated a <strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/03/20/uplifting-stories-charter-community?utm_campaign=Weekly%20Brief&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz--dLJDTWNTd13oLckajmYKwNSnb9fgwrRnUZ3K1ZZFuTV6IdJhZgL9QuFQ0cWiP4YdUxEY_">blog post</a></strong> with just some of the examples and plan to add to it as we move forward. Please <a href="mailto:info@publiccharters.org"><strong>send us the stories</strong></a> that are making you take heart as we all get through this together!</p> <p><img alt="Nina Rees" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6ea045eb-2b88-49a3-a02f-bb51618b5f74" height="85" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Nina%20Signature_0.png" width="142" /></p> <p>Nina Rees<br /> President &amp; CEO<br /> National Alliance for Public Charter Schools</p> <h2>Update from Congress</h2> <p>Earlier this month, an initial COVID-19 relief package was signed into law including $8.3 billion in emergency funding for vaccine development, research, and supporting state and local health budgets. Last week, Congress passed a second relief package that was signed into law by the president on March 18. This package includes $1 billion in nutritional aid, expands access to COVID-19 testing, and expands sick leave benefits. A third relief package is currently under consideration, with competing bills from the House and Senate. Congressional leaders are trying to negotiate a final bipartisan deal using those bills. The bill from Leader McConnell (R-KY) includes a $20 billion program which allocates funds to governors, State Education Agencies (SEAs)/ Local Education Agencies (LEAs), and institutions of higher education for COVID-19—including $2 billion in grants to governors to distribute to K-12 schools or colleges at their discretion and $12 billion for PK-12 through SEAs and LEAs by formula for schools to use for a wide range of purposes including purchasing technology. Further, the bill also includes language that ensures all waivers from Elementary and Secondary Education Act requirements granted by the Secretary of Education include charter schools, as applicable, and are implemented in accordance with state charter laws. The bill from Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) includes $50 billion for governors to allocate to K-12 and higher education. Governors would have to use not less than 30 percent for higher education and not less than 30 percent for LEAs. According to Politico, her bill also proposes $2 billion to bolster the FCC’s E-Rate subsidy program, intended to help keep schools and libraries connected and $1 billion for the FCC’s Lifeline subsidy program for low-income households. We have been working with our partners in the education movement and our allies on the Hill to ensure the needs of our families are met in this legislation.</p> <h6>COVID-19</h6> <h2>Update from the U.S. Department of Education</h2> <p>On Friday, Secretary DeVos <strong><a href="https://info.publiccharters.org/e2t/c/*VTrMHQ2wPGc4Vd4NvN4SmVvh0/*W1rdbfb8thc0gW2SBlKw6lSPtf0/5/f18dQhb0S1V22RMFdXVX3NYR1WX99TVH-zh34Py7H1W3m3-Z67X1241W32-04X7fnKBLW7YBMR35MVGmGN7ZHkW0BdHRCW4tV7gp4qWkrPW2Lmj-d7WXXyLVhK3Pc7Mg3h_W4zwLH339gRHdW4H31xw4yF_pdW6TXYjL2k1V1lW1xPfwk7xgy9RW1lmQHF2bpnTkMNwY7RmXCTkW7_JQlp350gw1W1xVx8d76kH96Vff73l1RGWg4W2prNDC1S9TTCW5sFSrh2w98rMW4KHcT91z-Hy8W4P92ZP1kFtsjW73bKHG2zcQFlVv3-NY3ZhrkhW3RmsbJ63fX6kW6swjfv4XnJLRW2pmNq37qqmZFVx72v13pVVHRW7dnBDg3sczsvN8b2dLnRRC5BW2YtH6C1_ZZWMMMsH9yFq1s_W8Blwtp4S60CsW4lCbdw5kCk3sW4Mfx4Y40G4LWW8LPtHP25hjLwW574VKM2c8BChW89JXNv57QmmMW4JHYc_5FXVGwW6Mcx0J3TQYxQW3TW3KL5ccyvNW9gxFBQ8Vd7rNMy-zlcJtt9VW4tW_SG8jN52YW6DljK28R7xR0W3sX5BR1YsCccW14wL7T1LShNQW6FlcsX5YJ_g5W1ly8sT7HJL_jW6QVWsz40WwtrW55FSHw4HyYg4W8mwT_16YVn6bW8tsSPV42PZbZW7nnc7L5JqCq3W775xjL20-SQtf8cZlMj04?utm_campaign=Weekly%20Brief&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz--dLJDTWNTd13oLckajmYKwNSnb9fgwrRnUZ3K1ZZFuTV6IdJhZgL9QuFQ0cWiP4YdUxEY_">announced</a></strong> that students impacted by school closures due to COVID-19 can bypass standardized testing for the 2019-20 school year. The U.S. Department of Education will grant a waiver to any state that is unable to assess its students due to the ongoing national emergency using a streamlined waiver application process. For more information for your state, Excel<em>in</em>Ed has a <strong><a href="https://info.publiccharters.org/e2t/c/*VTrMHQ2wPGc4Vd4NvN4SmVvh0/*W3HhhLb4SdJ1wW1yfdN_4RrS9m0/5/f18dQhb0S5fv8XJbXvW7rrfyB6ghkRDVWs4R057skQCW5r8vwP3mm44rW5y5Ln937-f6zW3J4F2F8wx5zfW8B_07_3KzG0zW3knXG15wL96LW1sL3M03MybvyW4XH_kR8srs54VXN02k64R3dSW8lYpFw55nSC9W1VJH714c2Rr9W71B_tr1x4lQBW6Hq25x17Nt2hW8sYvvl5tGlT_W7cvxVf8q5qBxVVQf4X5vDhTYW4Ykwnx5tMpkcV9GyWf1q9f_PW250jQ44sHkDRW28D97g8nNBPNW4rxp6Y3PMmzLW7hrM-Q5zCRDDW5_MPYr3dQrF7W97QXJy97zmGdVhBMkf99qRm-VSyLzV24WWCrW4r1-cy1r-QLWW8xHlFV8GclM4W1ZZbQz3ygvH8N8c3fNYJ4GzxW4h8FqX7q67PKN7y0BMT38Gc4W69syF42cyH2GW5D8VHL7Bp67JW4c7_YM9lS7fSW3PZplV9flRdRW7pkFsV2VwkjHW7D7Hxj1Dy_KCW7lmYLz2qdtJT0?utm_campaign=Weekly%20Brief&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz--dLJDTWNTd13oLckajmYKwNSnb9fgwrRnUZ3K1ZZFuTV6IdJhZgL9QuFQ0cWiP4YdUxEY_">state-by-state map</a></strong>.</p> <p>Over the weekend, ED <strong><a href="https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/frontpage/faq/rr/policyguidance/Supple%20Fact%20Sheet%203.21.20%20FINAL.pdf?utm_content=&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_term=&amp;utm_campaign=Weekly%20Brief&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz--dLJDTWNTd13oLckajmYKwNSnb9fgwrRnUZ3K1ZZFuTV6IdJhZgL9QuFQ0cWiP4YdUxEY_">released a fact sheet</a></strong> in response to concerns that previous guidance left <strong><a href="https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2020/03/19/are-we-going-to-get-ourselves-in.html?utm_campaign=Weekly%20Brief&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz--dLJDTWNTd13oLckajmYKwNSnb9fgwrRnUZ3K1ZZFuTV6IdJhZgL9QuFQ0cWiP4YdUxEY_">school districts unsure of how to provide services for students with disabilities</a> </strong>while school buildings are closed as a result of COVID-19 and educators are shifting to online and distance learning. The fact sheet clarifies that while federal law mandates that students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in everything schools provide, including online learning, districts have flexibility in reaching that goal.</p> <h2>COVID-19 Resources for Charter Schools</h2> <p>We continue to update our <strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/covid-19-resources-charter-schools?utm_campaign=Weekly%20Brief&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz--dLJDTWNTd13oLckajmYKwNSnb9fgwrRnUZ3K1ZZFuTV6IdJhZgL9QuFQ0cWiP4YdUxEY_">website</a> </strong>with the latest resources as they become available. Here are some new additions from our trusted partners:</p> <ul><li>The U.S. Department of Education website has <strong><a href="https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus?utm_campaign=Weekly%20Brief&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz--dLJDTWNTd13oLckajmYKwNSnb9fgwrRnUZ3K1ZZFuTV6IdJhZgL9QuFQ0cWiP4YdUxEY_">COVID-19 guidance for schools</a></strong>. If you have any questions, you can email <strong><a href="mailto:COVID-19@ed.gov">COVID-19@ed.gov</a></strong>.</li> <li>The Food Research &amp; Action Center (FRAC) and The School Superintendents Association released a <strong><a href="https://frac.org/wp-content/uploads/AASA-FRAC-COVID-FINAL-FACT-SHEET-3-18-2020-2.pdf?utm_campaign=Weekly%20Brief&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz--dLJDTWNTd13oLckajmYKwNSnb9fgwrRnUZ3K1ZZFuTV6IdJhZgL9QuFQ0cWiP4YdUxEY_">new resource for school superintendents</a></strong> about the two options — the Summer Food Service Program and the Seamless Summer Option —available for schools to receive funding to serve meals and snacks when schools are closed.</li> <li>KIPP created an <a href="https://kipp.app.box.com/v/covidresources19/folder/107364479825?utm_campaign=Weekly%20Brief&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz--dLJDTWNTd13oLckajmYKwNSnb9fgwrRnUZ3K1ZZFuTV6IdJhZgL9QuFQ0cWiP4YdUxEY_"><strong>open-source repository of resources</strong></a>, templates, guidelines to help support staff, students and families. </li> <li>Success Academy is providing <strong><a href="mailto:https://www.successacademies.org/edinstitute/welcome">open access</a></strong> to its entire curriculum, best practices, resources, and training.</li> <li>Excel<em>in</em>Ed has a <a href="https://www.excelined.org/covid-19/?utm_campaign=Weekly%20Brief&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz--dLJDTWNTd13oLckajmYKwNSnb9fgwrRnUZ3K1ZZFuTV6IdJhZgL9QuFQ0cWiP4YdUxEY_"><strong>map and database</strong> </a>with state-by-state updates on actions education systems have taken in response to COVID-19.</li> <li>Chiefs for Change have listed <strong><a href="https://chiefsforchange.org/responding-to-the-coronavirus/?utm_campaign=Weekly%20Brief&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz--dLJDTWNTd13oLckajmYKwNSnb9fgwrRnUZ3K1ZZFuTV6IdJhZgL9QuFQ0cWiP4YdUxEY_">resources for education system leaders</a></strong>. </li> <li>Education Week maps all<strong> <a href="https://www.edweek.org/ew/section/multimedia/map-coronavirus-and-school-closures.html?utm_campaign=Weekly%20Brief&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz--dLJDTWNTd13oLckajmYKwNSnb9fgwrRnUZ3K1ZZFuTV6IdJhZgL9QuFQ0cWiP4YdUxEY_">school closures </a></strong>by state. </li> <li>The Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) has <strong><a href="https://www.crpe.org/content/covid-19-school-closures?utm_campaign=Weekly%20Brief&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz--dLJDTWNTd13oLckajmYKwNSnb9fgwrRnUZ3K1ZZFuTV6IdJhZgL9QuFQ0cWiP4YdUxEY_">compiled a database</a></strong> to track how districts shift instruction, student support, and organizational operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.</li> </ul><h2>Three Stories to Keep You Going</h2> <p>In a short amount of time, COVID-19 has changed the way we live. While the lives of many have changed significantly, one thing that has remained consistent is the drive of school leaders and teachers to continue serving their students the best way they can. Despite the problems many Americans are facing, there are many examples that show how educators are going the extra mile. Check out <strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/03/20/uplifting-stories-charter-community?utm_campaign=Weekly%20Brief&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz--dLJDTWNTd13oLckajmYKwNSnb9fgwrRnUZ3K1ZZFuTV6IdJhZgL9QuFQ0cWiP4YdUxEY_">three of our favorite stories</a> </strong>from charter schools that are going above and beyond in its communities.</p> <p>If you have any great stories to share, please send them to Brittnee Exum at <strong><a href="mailto:Brittnee@publiccharters.org">Brittnee@publiccharters.org</a></strong>!</p> <h2>SBA Emergency Loans Now Available to Charter Schools</h2> <p>The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) now has authority to offer emergency loans to both small businesses and nonprofits under its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program in <a href="https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19?utm_campaign=Weekly%20Brief&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz--dLJDTWNTd13oLckajmYKwNSnb9fgwrRnUZ3K1ZZFuTV6IdJhZgL9QuFQ0cWiP4YdUxEY_#section-header-1"><strong>eligible areas</strong></a>. While SBA authorities are focused on small businesses, we worked with federal lawmakers to ensure that the loan funding for this crisis is offered to charter schools and other nonprofits to borrow up to $2 million for up to 30 years at 2.75 percent for nonprofits. These loans are designed to help businesses and nonprofits meet financial obligations and operating expenses that would not be of concern if the COVID disaster had not occurred. For questions, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:disastercustomerservice@sba.gov"><strong>disastercustomerservice@sba.gov</strong></a>. To apply, go to the <strong><a href="https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Account/Login?utm_campaign=Weekly%20Brief&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz--dLJDTWNTd13oLckajmYKwNSnb9fgwrRnUZ3K1ZZFuTV6IdJhZgL9QuFQ0cWiP4YdUxEY_">SBA website</a></strong>.</p> <h2>Tweet of the Week</h2> <p><strong><a href="https://ctt.ac/HIJ27?utm_campaign=Weekly%20Brief&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz--dLJDTWNTd13oLckajmYKwNSnb9fgwrRnUZ3K1ZZFuTV6IdJhZgL9QuFQ0cWiP4YdUxEY_">Schools aren’t just places of learning, but sources of food, afterschool care, health care, and other critical resources--check out @charteralliance's list of resources for charter schools during #COVID19</a></strong></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><em>Updated at 8 p.m. ET on March 23, 2020. </em></p></div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=17275&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="1uQVkNk7SIC1Y1NXAFt-VnHtJwzqvb4tb7EC3ky-a0k"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 23 Mar 2020 19:14:09 +0000 kim 17275 at https://www.publiccharters.org Uplifting Stories from the Charter Community https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/03/20/uplifting-stories-charter-community <span>Uplifting Stories from the Charter Community</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">kim</span></span> <span>Fri, 03/20/2020 - 14:23</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/node/17261" hreflang="en">Brittnee Exum</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-03-20T12:00:00Z">March 20, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-03/shutterstock_1546196063%20%282%29_0.jpg?itok=3BEpREtV" width="250" height="250" alt="School bus delivering supplies during COVID-19" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>This post is part of an ongoing series sharing the positive stories that have come out of the challenges our schools are facing. To see all of the posts in this series, <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/taxonomy/term/449">click here</a>.</em></p> <p><span>In a short amount of time, COVID-19 has changed the way we live. The term <em>social distancing </em>is a new norm—and families around the world are forced to adapt to new routines. While the lives of many have changed significantly, one thing that has remained consistent is the drive of school leaders and teachers to continue serving their students the best way they can. Despite the problems many Americans are facing, there are many examples that show how educators are going the extra mile. </span></p> <h3><span><strong>Oregon charter school helps supply hospital.</strong></span></h3> <p><span>Oregon medical professionals at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland are filled with gratitude after they received a donation from a charter high school<strong>. </strong>The Center For Advanced Learning <a href="https://pamplinmedia.com/pt/9-news/457399-372935-gresham-charter-school-donates-masks-protective-gear-to-hospital"><strong>donated 500 masks, shoe and hair covers, hundreds of gowns and 10 cases of gloves</strong></a> to the hospital. School leaders hope to partner with other high schools with medical programs to donate more supplies. </span></p> <h3><span><strong>Teachers continue to show up.</strong></span></h3> <p><span>When the Mastery Charter School network in Philadelphia asked for three school employees from each site to assist with a meal-distribution program, <a href="https://whyy.org/articles/where-philly-kids-can-find-free-meals-during-coronavirus-school-closures"><strong>more than double that number responded</strong></a>. At least 10 teachers and staff volunteers from each site stepped up to help execute the meal distribution plan. At their Shoemaker Campus, 400 meals were given out within the first hour alone. </span></p> <h3><span><strong>Rain, shine, or pandemic—bus drivers deliver.  </strong></span></h3> <p><span>The team at Pinnacle Charter School in Denver is doing everything they can to eliminate barriers for their students. The school’s bus drivers are following their routes and <a href="https://kdvr.com/news/coronavirus/local-charter-school-to-deliver-meals-to-students-during-covid-19-outbreak/"><strong>dropping off breakfast and lunch</strong></a><strong> </strong>along the way. A charter school organization helped New Orleans school leaders take the same approach—the school district used buses from FirstLine Schools to help <a href="https://www.wwltv.com/article/news/local/orleans/new-orleans-will-use-school-buses-to-help-get-food-to-children-out-of-school/289-f960eb0b-9e1b-4e41-9ca7-d866fcf7e1ff?utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=85025598&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz--AIxLBEXROhqNV-82hm1kxqExoj1N8Cuuy0uI28JhbyMO0yfymgBNGGqThOtqR3lPMGoPF0ep6oQRCxSBXcdfqcYbbds0egeZu_xiH3lOqzzFA_A4&amp;_hsmi=85025598"><strong>deliver meals throughout the city</strong></a><strong>. </strong>In Tennessee, Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA) launched the Mustang Express<strong>.</strong> In addition to meals, CGLA <strong><a href="https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2020/mar/19/mustang-express-chattanooga-girls-leadership-academy-takes-student-meals-road-amid-coronavirus-concerns/518568/?utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=85025598&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz--AIxLBEXROhqNV-82hm1kxqExoj1N8Cuuy0uI28JhbyMO0yfymgBNGGqThOtqR3lPMGoPF0ep6oQRCxSBXcdfqcYbbds0egeZu_xiH3lOqzzFA_A4&amp;_hsmi=85025598">bus drivers dropped off household items such as toilet paper, paper towels, toothpaste, sanitizing wipes and feminine hygiene products</a></strong> to families. </span></p> <p><strong><em><span><span><span>If you have an uplifting story to share about educators going the extra mile, please send it to me at <a href="mailto:brittnee@publiccharters.org">brittnee@publiccharters.org</a>. </span></span></span></em></strong></p> <p><strong><em><span><span><span>Brittnee Exum is the manager of campaigns and marketing at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. </span></span></span></em></strong></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/448" hreflang="en">COVID-19</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/449" hreflang="en">Uplifting Stories - COVID-19</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=17262&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="_UIc9puoBqUm96AAfAGAf-TdOF482Mhr5e4WM3HxP1g"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 20 Mar 2020 18:23:41 +0000 kim 17262 at https://www.publiccharters.org IDEA Public Schools: Fastest-Growing Charter Network Celebrates 20 Years of Impact for Students, Families, Staff and Communities https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/03/03/idea-public-schools-fastest-growing-charter-network-celebrates-20-years <span>IDEA Public Schools: Fastest-Growing Charter Network Celebrates 20 Years of Impact for Students, Families, Staff and Communities</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">kim</span></span> <span>Tue, 03/03/2020 - 12:51</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/node/17149" hreflang="en">Jennifer Flores</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-03-03T12:00:00Z">March 3, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-03/78603345_10156614433521053_2328220682179051520_o%20%283%29.jpg?itok=vsM0RkpM" width="250" height="250" alt="IDEA public charter schools student" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>You may have heard of <a href="http://www.ideapublicschools.org"><span><span>IDEA Public Schools</span></span></a><span><span><span><span>’ </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>for its graduating classes’ record 14-consecutive years of college acceptance. But did you know IDEA (short for </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span>“Individuals Dedicated to Excellence and Achievement”) was f<span><span><span><span>irst incubated as an after-school program in Donna, Texas? </span></span></span></span>Founded by Teach For America teachers </span></span><a href="https://ideapublicschools.org/our-story/leadership/tom-torkelson/"><span><span>Tom Torkelson</span></span></a><span><span> and </span></span><a href="https://ideapublicschools.org/our-story/leadership/joann-gama/"><span><span>JoAnn Gama</span></span></a><span><span><span><span>,</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span> the extra-curricular program helped students catch up on academics and prepare for college.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“There was a need and we saw no one else was meeting that need,” says Tom Torkelson, CEO and founder of IDEA Public Schools. “We said ‘Why not us?’ If we don’t do it, then no one else will.”</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>As the program began to show promise, it was</span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span> granted a charter on March 3, 2000 to build expand as a public charter school. What began as a small school with only grades 4 -8 eventually became a full-scale PK-12 grade campus that became home to the network’s first graduating class in 2007.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“What gets me up every day is knowing that because of the work of our teachers, leaders and staff, we have more kids that are graduating from high school and are graduating from college,” says JoAnn Gama, co-founder, president, and superintendent of IDEA Public Schools. “Then they are coming back to their community and not only are they changing their trajectory, but the trajectory of their families."</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Thanks in large part to CSP funding,  IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school with 150 students to 96 schools serving 53,000 students throughout Texas and Louisiana. <span><span>By 2022, more schools will open in Houston, Permian Basin, Florida, and Ohio which will result in IDEA Public Schools serving <strong>100,000 students</strong> across the country. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>IDEA is the quintessential example of the impact of CSP funding on replicating successful charter school models. </span></span><span><span><span><span>In 2018, the National Alliance was proud to induct Tom Torkelson and JoAnn Gama the </span></span></span></span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/about-charter-schools/charter-school-trailblazers/charter-school-hall-fame"><span><span><span>Charter School Hall of Fame</span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Other accomplishments from IDEA’s past twenty years, include:</span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span><span><span>Nearly 100 percent college matriculation for 13 consecutive years</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>National Rankings on <em>U.S. News &amp; World Report</em> Top High Schools Li</span></span>st</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>As a network, IDEA ranks in the top 25 percent of all schools in Texas in the </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>2019 TEA</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span> Accountability Ratings</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In 2019, </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>nearly 90</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span> percent</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span> of</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span> eligible IDEA </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>schools in</span></span></span></span> <span><span><span><span>Texas received</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span> an A or B rating from the Texas Education Agency, in addition to </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>eight</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span> IDEA schools earning an A in all </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>eligible distinctions</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Eight high schools within the IDEA Public Schools network in the Rio Grande Valley were ranked among the most challenging high schools in America by Jay Mathews, formerly recognized as The Washington Post Most Challenging Schools List, </span></span><span><span>six</span></span><span><span> of which were ranked top 25 in the nation</span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul><p><em>Jennifer Flores is the Regional Communications Manager at IDEA Public Schools. </em></p></div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=17150&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="EGNdveMfhl0DArsPp3cWBCk_8IaFVH0G-hvpejChT6M"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 03 Mar 2020 17:51:11 +0000 kim 17150 at https://www.publiccharters.org The Presidential Candidates Should Listen to Voters https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/01/28/presidential-candidates-should-listen-voters <span>The Presidential Candidates Should Listen to Voters</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">kim</span></span> <span>Tue, 01/28/2020 - 12:02</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/nathan-barrett-phd" hreflang="en">Nathan Barrett, Ph.D.</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-01-28T12:00:00Z">January 28, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-01/blog%2001282020.png?itok=0hjVpWoI" width="250" height="250" alt="parent choice survey image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>As we enter the election season, our attention turns to the voices of voters and the choices they make. In determining their choices, voters must weigh many issues—not only in importance, but how their preferences are represented by the various candidates. We know that <a href="https://news.gallup.com/poll/276932/several-issues-tie-important-2020-election.aspx">education is top of mind</a> for many, and even more so for Democrats, but we know less about current voter preferences on more complex issues within education. With the release of their annual <a href="https://www.federationforchildren.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/1-21-20-AFC-2020-National-Release-Memo-final.pdf">school choice poll</a>, the American Federation for Children (AFC) sought to address one of the more salient topics in education—school choice.    </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>School choice encompasses a range of policies and has been a part of American education long before the term was coined. While private schools are the type of choice that likely comes to mind for most, the ability to choose one’s school through housing decisions has long been a tool used by affluent families to seek out the best educational opportunities for their children. To address disparities in accessing choice, more recent school choice policies—such as charter schools, scholarships, and vouchers—have sought to provide options to less affluent families. The AFC poll shows that voters support these policies. Overall, more than two-thirds of likely voters say they support school choice. Though there are some differences, this support holds along racial, generational, and party lines, with no group dropping below a majority in favor of school choice.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>More specifically to charter schools, the report shows they remain favorable to many voters with 70% of voters supporting charter schools and only 26% in opposition. Additionally, a majority of voters would be less likely to vote for a candidate who wanted to eliminate all federal public charter school funding. This opposition is particularly pronounced among African-American and Latino voters and even holds with Democratic primary voters. Perhaps more telling is that only 11% of Democratic primary voters would be more likely to vote for a candidate that supported the elimination of all federal public charter school funding. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Half of the parents surveyed suggested that they would like a different option other than the district public school their child currently attends. When given the opportunity, people choose schools for their children for a variety of reasons, though parents indicated that academic issues were the top reason. The biggest draws for charter schools were academic quality and the ability to focus on students’ strengths. This is an important distinction as charter schools provide relief from the one-size-fits-all approach often seen in traditional district schools.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>There is no doubt that charter schools faced one of their most difficult years in the popular press. However, despite some shoddy research, calls for moratoriums, and political pandering, the lived experiences of families searching for options in the education of their children are what’s influencing their opinions. <a>Rather than trying to influence voters about what’s right and wrong for them and their children’s education, politicians should start listening. </a></span></span></span></p> <p><em><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/about-us/staff/nathan-barrett-phd"><strong>Nathan Barrett, Ph.D.</strong></a>, is the senior director of research and evaluation at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</em></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/77" hreflang="en">research</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/168" hreflang="en">National School Choice Week</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Comments</h2> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-310" class="comment js-comment"> <div> <h3> <a href="/comment/310#comment-310" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Parent Perspectives</a> </h3> <div class="metabar"> <div class="metabar__item">January 30, 2020 - 11:26pm</div> <div class="metabar__item"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rikki Hatfield</span></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Excellent post! I just completed a mixed-methods case study in North Carolina. The charter school enrollment continues to grow in North Carolina and I decided to study the contributing factors influencing parents to leave traditional public schools and choose a charter school. As parents arm themselves with information, they become more influential stakeholders in the educational policies. While charter schools continue to be the center of the political debates, politicians may want to review statistical data before they are quick to push for the abolishment of charter schools. North Carolina is on track to have 200 approved charters by 2021.</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=310&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="3LDZNBHbYi3Qw1jcjiFCrMNddCzGHbV5U2ZDHUlu7nw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </article> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=16789&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="wPF42kw1zuDu3A-5Pqg9j1RDOoLxnKA2b_lKudK0IJY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 28 Jan 2020 17:02:06 +0000 kim 16789 at https://www.publiccharters.org Five Takeaways from the Latest Teacher Survey https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/01/24/five-takeaways-latest-teacher-survey <span>Five Takeaways from the Latest Teacher Survey</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">kim</span></span> <span>Fri, 01/24/2020 - 09:29</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/kim-mccabe" hreflang="en">Kim McCabe</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-01-24T12:00:00Z">January 24, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-01/feel-valued_square_1.png?itok=zjkT4BA3" width="250" height="250" alt="Charter Teachers Feel Valued" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>This week, Educators for Excellence released their <strong><a href="https://e4e.org/news/survey-americas-educators/voices-classroom-2020-survey-americas-educators">2020 Teacher Survey</a></strong> and I was thrilled to see how they featured the breakout of charter school teacher responses this year. Scroll down for my top five takeaways from this year’s report!</span></span></span></p> <h4><span><span><span><strong>Charter school teachers feel more valued.</strong></span></span></span></h4> <p><span><span><span>The poll found that charter school teachers are 22 percentage points more likely to say they feel “very valued”—that’s incredible! Need some ideas for how to better support the teachers are your school? Last year we shared the <strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/sites/default/files/documents/2019-10/PI-talent-r4.pdf">best practices on building an effective staff</a> </strong>from three successful charter school leaders. </span></span></span></p> <h4><span><span><span><strong>Charter school teachers are well-trained.</strong></span></span></span></h4> <p><span><span><span>Charter school teachers were more likely to report that they received training in areas including engaging parents, supporting students social and emotional well-being, understanding policy issues, and delivering culturally responsive instruction. (By the way, we love offering these types of professional development opportunities at the <strong><a href="https://ncsc.publiccharters.org/">National Charter Schools Conference</a></strong>, so if you’re looking to add some skills I hope you’ll join us in Orlando!)</span></span></span></p> <h4><span><span><span><strong>Charter school teachers are prepared for the classroom.</strong></span></span></span></h4> <p><span><span><span>I love reading stories about innovative teacher training programs that involve time in actual classrooms (<strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2019/07/30/how-idea-public-schools-creating-best-their-scholars">like this program at IDEA Public Schools</a></strong>) so I was happy to see 37 percent of charter school teachers report that they felt their preparation programs trained them “very well” for the realities of the classroom (compared to only 9% of district teachers).</span></span></span></p> <h4><span><span><span><strong>Charter school teachers are active in selecting curricula.</strong></span></span></span></h4> <p><span><span><span>One of the most compelling charter school teacher stories I’ve heard was from a teacher who described how she was able to make decisions about her students’ reading materials AFTER she met her students for the year. So I wasn’t surprised to hear that charter school teachers reported they played an active role in choosing the curricula for their classrooms. If you’re looking for good options, several charter networks have started to<strong> <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2019/03/21/can-good-curriculum-transcend-charter-district-divide">share their curricula</a></strong>!</span></span></span></p> <h4><span><span><span><strong>All teachers support school choice.</strong></span></span></span></h4> <p><span><span><span>Nearly all of the teachers surveyed—96 percent!—support some form of school choice. A majority of the teachers surveyed, both district and charter, support school choice when it embodies many of the qualities of charter schools: equally accessible to all students, doesn’t shift funds from public schools, doesn’t discriminate against students, and increases academic achievement for low-income students. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>With so many charter schools offering a great work environment for teachers, it’s no surprise that our <strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/job-board">Charter School Job Board</a></strong> is one of our most popular web pages. If you want to join the charter teachers who reported feeling valued, prepared, and engaged, I encourage you to check out some of the job postings!</span></span></span></p> <p><em><span><span><span><strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/about-us/staff/kim-mccabe">Kim McCabe</a></strong> is the senior director of communications at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. </span></span></span></em></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/77" hreflang="en">research</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/94" hreflang="en">teachers</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=16634&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="87WZFEhe5Cf0-LNCh3RTXvHK0CTDUbb9qxaJn7TCass"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 24 Jan 2020 14:29:50 +0000 kim 16634 at https://www.publiccharters.org